The Royal Thai Navy has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance with the U.S. government to purchase nine Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles for its two Naresuan frigates currently undergoing overhauls and upgrades. This LOA increases the total ESSM user community to 13 nations.The Royal Thai ESSMs will be fired from an MK 41 eight-cell vertical launch system using an MK 25 Quad Pack canister. This capability will allow for up to 32 ESSMs on each ship.“This agreement brings the enhanced kinematics of the ESSM to the Royal Thai Navy’s inventory and provides unsurpassed defense against a new generation of threats,” said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. “The addition of the ESSM will provide the Royal Thai Navy an unmatched ship self-defense capability, as well as allowing the fleet to take advantage of future spiral evolutions of the missile.”About ESSMWith 18 industrial partners representing 10 nations, ESSM is the world’s premier international cooperative missile production program. ESSM is a key component of Raytheon’s portfolio of products that provides a global layered defense capability to meet the needs of diverse platforms, combat system design and theaters of operation. Recently a ground-launched version of ESSM was introduced to apply the same solutions against late-detect and highly capable threats on land as found in the sea-based missile. Testing is under way on this ground-launched variant.About RaytheonRaytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 15, 2013; Image: Raytheon View post tag: purchase Equipment & technology View post tag: Naval View post tag: Royal View post tag: Evolved January 15, 2013 Share this article Royal Thai Navy to Purchase Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Thai View post tag: Navy View post tag: Missiles Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Thai Navy to Purchase Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles View post tag: SeaSparrow
BAYONNE – The City of Bayonne and Bayonne Muslims have reached a settlement of $400,000 in a lawsuit stemming from the Zoning Board’s denial in March of 2017 of an application to convert on old warehouse on 109 East 24th Street into a community and prayer center, according to Mayor James Davis.Per the settlement, the Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustments will vote on the application again at a special meeting, yet to be announced, within 30 days. The public will have a chance to comment on the settlement at the meeting. A public hearing and submission of a revised application are required by state law before the settlement agreement can be ratified.At the March meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustments approved conditional use variances in curb width and buffer zone, but denied the group a bulk parking variance. Meanwhile, other places of worship in the city have been approved with similar variances.“This all goes back to the Constitution,” said Davis. “Every group should have a place to pray.”
It’s been a difficult few days for the jam band community as they try to wrap their heads around the passing of multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge. The Tedeschi Trucks Band keyboardist/flautist/vocalist passed away on Friday at the age of 57 following years of ongoing cardiac issues. Musicians and fans alike have been sharing stories, photos, and other media in memory of Kofi to spread joy amidst an otherwise difficult time.Read Oteil Burbridge’s 2013 Tribute To His Big Brother Kofi BurbridgeToday, we’re going back in time to August 26th, 2018 at the LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, VA, when Kofi Burbridge performed a solo set in Garcia’s Forest. For his “Piano on the Porch” set, Burbridge paid tribute to a number of artists including Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Prince, The Beatles, and more. Listen below to hear Kofi perform keys and vocals for his own solo set last year:Kofi Burbridge – LOCKN’ Music Festival – 8/26/18[Audio: Erin Lunders]The 2019 LOCKN’ lineup features two sets by Trey Anastasio Band (second set featuring Derek Trucks), two sets by Tedeschi Trucks Band (second set featuring Trey Anastasio), and two sets of Bob Weir and Wolf Bros (second set featuring Susan Tedeschi), as well as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead (two sets), Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Khruangbin, Old Crow Medicine Show, Oteil & Friends with Bob Weir, Devon Allman, Duane Betts, and more, moe., Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Twiddle, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Steel Pulse, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Melvin Seals & JGB, The Allman Betts Band, The Soul Rebels, Moonalice with The Chambers Brothers, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Deva Mahal, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, Jerry Party, and more to be announced. For more information, head here.
Pumpkins are a staple of the fall season. Some people like pumpkins baked in pie, and some like them carved and lit up on their front porches for Halloween. Georgia 4-H’ers, on the other hand, like them to weigh hundreds of pounds. Each year, Georgia 4-H holds a pumpkin-growing contest where student members have the opportunity to put their green thumb to the test and grow a pumpkin that will outweigh the rest. Jessie Holbrook of Union County, who submitted a pumpkin weighing 644 pounds, took first place in the pumpkin-growing contest this year. Lauren Wheeler of Laurens County won second place with a 511-pound pumpkin, and Reagan Covington of Union County placed third with a pumpkin weighing 479 pounds. The top three 4-H’ers will receive a cash prize from the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association to celebrate their hard work. Other noteworthy pumpkin growers include:Morgan Peney of Union County, whose 463-pound pumpkin came in fourth placeAliceyn Covington of Union County, whose 340-pound pumpkin came in fifth placeJordan Pandolph of Union County, whose 307-pound pumpkin came in sixth placeGrayson Collins of Union County, whose 199-pound pumpkin came in seventh placeMaggie Payne of Union County, whose 171-pound pumpkin came in eighth placeLane Anderson of Lumpkin County, whose 165-pound pumpkin came in ninth placeDrew Grimes of Tift County, whose 155-pound pumpkin came in tenth placeGeorgia 4-H Program Specialist Michael Rabalais, who organizes the 4-H pumpkin-growing contest as well as the summer watermelon-growing contest, said that the competitions sharpen participants’ gardening skills and give them a feeling of accomplishment.“I love the pumpkin-growing contest because I think it teaches our youth a lot of really valuable skills. It’s hard to raise a pumpkin as big as some of the ones our 4-H’ers submit, and to do so requires a huge amount of patience, dedication and responsibility, so getting to celebrate those traits is really exciting,” Rabalais said. “I’m so glad 4-H’ers respond so well to the competition, and I hope I get to see even bigger pumpkins next year.”For more information about the Georgia 4-H Pumpkin Growing Contest, contact the Georgia 4-H agent in your county by calling 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
By Dialogo June 11, 2009 Quito, 9 Jun (EFE). – Richard Stallman, considered the father of the free software movement, will visit Ecuador this Monday, and will give a conference in Quito. The lecture will deal with the “Free Software Movement and GNU/LINUX Operating System,” and will be given in the Army Polytechnic Institute (ESPE), according to the Ecuadorian Presidency on its web site. Stallman presented the GNU operating system back in 1984 “as a way to break through barriers. This allows access to technology without commercial or economic interruptions, thus contributing to social development,” explains the article. His main achievements as a software developer include the text editor Emacs, the GCC compiler, and the GDB debugger under the GNU Project. Stallman also invented the concept of Copyleft, a type of software license which ensures that the application will remain free for ever and its use and further evolution can continue to benefit the community. Among other proposals, he wants to eliminate the expression “intellectual property” from the definitions of royalties, patents, and brands. He states that this term, as its concept indicates, benefits big business and “confuses” society. Stallman’s visit was organized by the ESPE, the University of the Americas (UDLA), and the Ecuadorian Association of Free Software (ASLE).
31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Having grown up with technology, Millennials should arguably be the demographic most aware of the need to protect their personal information on desktops and mobile devices. However, TransUnion, one of the nation’s major credit reporting agencies, found this is not the case. In fact, TransUnion concluded Millennials are at a significantly higher risk for identity theft than older generations.At the heart of Millennials’ increased risk of identity theft is their often careless use of technology. TransUnion found 86 percent of Millennials save bank account details on their smartphones. In addition, 84 percent of Millennials surveyed admitted to using public Wi-Fi to perform online banking transactions or check accounts with sensitive financial information. Interestingly, despite their seemingly relaxed approach to cybersecurity, 49 percent of Millennials say they are worried about identity theft.By comparison, 36 percent of Baby Boomers cited cybercrime as a concern, and 50 percent store sensitive financial information on their devices. What’s more, 54 percent of Baby Boomers access their bank accounts via public Wi-Fi. continue reading »
continue reading » In a statement released on June 3, the CFPB provided guidance for credit card issuers regarding electronic disclosures. In light of the current pandemic, increased call volumes and possible staffing constraints, the CFPB granted relief from the E-SIGN Act’s consent requirements for certain credit card disclosures. Albeit narrow and a bit delayed, the relief can still be helpful for credit unions.Both the E-SIGN Act and Regulation Z require credit unions to obtain a member’s consent before it may provide most credit card disclosures electronically. The E-SIGN Act requires a member to either consent electronically or confirm consent electronically so verbal consent is not sufficient to provide electronic disclosures. The CFPB acknowledged the challenges this may pose for members calling to open new cards or request different terms when credit unions are dealing with already high call volumes. If a member cannot access their computer or other electronic device during the call, helping the member with a request or transaction may require a second call along with a second wait in the call queue after the member has had the opportunity to provide proper consent to receive electronic disclosures.To help mitigate this issue, the statement indicates the CFPB will take a “flexible supervisory and enforcement approach during this pandemic” for credit unions wishing to provide certain disclosures electronically. The covered disclosures are: account opening disclosures under section 1026.6, temporary APR or fee reductions on existing accounts under sections 1026.9(c)(2)(v)(B)(i) and 1026.55(b)(1) and those related to balance transfers. The applicability of the statement is limited specifically to these disclosures. Periodic statement disclosures are notably absent from this list, so the flexibility discussed below would not apply to credit card statements. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“It was… quite a surprise, because it was a substantial amount taken out. Dairy farmers cannot afford anymore deductions taken out of a milk check,” said Pavelski. “It couldn’t have come at a worse time for dairy farmers.” The national average price of milk in 2019 was $3.45 per gallon for conventional whole milk, compared to $3.27 in 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (WBNG) — Dairy farmers across the Southern Tier have been seeing a big deduction on their milk checks from large organizations on top of all the other expenses they have to pay. “Basically when you do go to the mailbox, you might have $2.90 taken off your milk check, so if it’s $18 dollar [per hundredweight], you might be down $14 and right now milk is $11 [per hundredweight] and with the COVID-19 deduction, it brings it down to $9.30 [per hundredweight], which is just unreal,” said Pavelski. Derek Pavelski owns Pavelski Farms in Conklin. He says he didn’t expect to see that deduction and was devastated the moment he noticed it on his letter. 12 News reached out to Dairy Farmers of America. It is unclear at this time how much prices of dairy products, especially milk, would change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, one employee at the organization did confirm that COVID-19 deduction on dairy farmers checks was a one-time deal to help cover costs. He says originally he’d get a decent amount per hundredweight of milk that he produced. Now, many farmers who rely on organizations like National Farmers and Dairy Farmers of America, saw a big COVID-19 deduction on their milk checks. Some reported more than a thousand dollars off their total. Dairy farmers were expected to see a better year in 2020 with milk prices expected to rise, but the pandemic got in the way of all that with a lower demand for the product.
The Jami’ Ar-Rahmah mosque located in East Tebet subdistrict in Tebet, South Jakarta, insisted on gathering dozens of local residents for Friday prayer, even though the subdistrict had one confirmed case COVID-19.Friday prayer is obligatory for Muslim men in place of zuhur (daily midday prayer). It is also accompanied by a mandatory sermon that can last up to 45 minutes.The mosque also went against an Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) fatwa issued on Monday that called on Muslims to pray at home and avoid congregating in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably”, including skipping “Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”. Tribunnews.com reported on locals and authorities from Lampung, Bangka Belitung and Riau provinces choosing to disinfect their mosques and conducting the weekly prayer. The Great Mosque of Palembang in South Sumatra even gave out pamphlets containing information about COVID-19 to attendees.Indonesia has reported 369 positive COVID-19 cases with 32 fatalities as of Friday.Al Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta also went ahead with the weekly event.Some mosques have chosen to heed the MUI’s warning and canceled Friday prayer, including prominent ones such Istiqlal Grand Mosque, Sunda Kelapa Mosque and Baiturrahim Mosque in the State Palace compound, all in Central Jakarta.In addition to the MUI fatwa, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan also announced on Thursday that the city would limit Friday prayer and all other mass religious activities for the next two weeks after a discussion with the Jakarta Religious Harmony Forum and all religious leaders in the capital.With 210 cases, Jakarta has the highest number of COVID-19 infections from the 17 provinces that have reported the disease.”We agreed to suspend all communal worship activities for two weeks. We urge people to pray at home during this time,” Anies said during a press briefing at City Hall on Thursday.After the administration’s warning, Istiqlal Mosque agreed to suspend Friday prayer for two weeks after insisting on holding the event.Istiqlal high imam Nasaruddin Umar also advised Muslims across the country to avoid all forms of congregational prayers during the pandemic.“We are strongly encouraged to prevent everything that is harmful,” he added. “Preventing harm is more important than pursuing benefits.” (mfp) Topics : Ahmad, a 35-year-old caretaker of the Jami’ Ar-Rahmah Mosque said the Indonesian Mosque Council and the subdistrict’s office had approved the Friday prayer, adding that the mosque had been cleaned and sprayed with disinfected beforehand.“The people were eager to attend Friday prayer, so we still held it,” Ahmad told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Jami’ Ar-Rahmah was one of the many mosques still compelled to hold Friday prayer despite the ulema council’s warning. Caretakers of the Great Al Azhom mosque in Tangerang, Banten, said the mosque still held Friday prayer with a shorter sermon than usual while also advising people to bring their own prayer mats.“Because as of now, Tangerang is not a red zone. So, we chose to still have Friday prayer,” Chaerudin said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com, adding that the mosque had already been disinfected and people attending the prayer would have their temperatures checked.
The patient, whose name was not made public, is a medical worker who had traveled upriver to several villages, including the town of Tabatinga, and returned home with fever, a sore throat and chest pains, the O Globo newspaper reported.Four cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the same district, including a Brazilian doctor who tested positive last week, raising fears that the epidemic could spread to remote and vulnerable indigenous communities with devastating effect.The doctor, whose name was not made public, had returned from vacation in southern Brazil to work with the Tikunas, one of the largest tribe in the Amazon with more than 30,000 people who live in the upper Amazon near the borders with Colombia and Peru.Health experts warn that the spreading virus could be lethal for Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people, who have been decimated for centuries by diseases brought by Europeans, from smallpox and malaria to the flu.Health experts say the indigenous peoples’ way of life in communal hamlets under large thatched structures increases the risk of contagion if any single member contracts the virus, which causes the sometimes fatal respiratory disease COVID-19. Topics : An indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest has contracted the novel coronavirus, the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes, the Health Ministry’s indigenous health service Sesai said on Wednesday.The 19-year-old woman from the Kokama tribe tested positive for the virus in the district of Santo Antonio do Içá, located near the border with Colombia some 880 km up the Amazon river from the state capital Manaus.”Unfortunately, we have an indigenous person with the virus,” said a Sesait spokeswoman by telephone.